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Magister Course in Practical Philosophy

The one-year Master’s course in practical philosophy offers an intellectually stimulating and supportive postgraduate environment. You will be taught and supervised by members of faculty who are internationally well connected and actively involved in research.

The Master's course practical philosophy includes such fields as metaethics, normative ethics and political philosophy. The course is for students who are well-trained in analytical philosophy and who aim to pursue doctoral studies. It includes a thesis of 30 credits.

Admission

Admission is offered only once a year, for the autumn semester.

Application period

March 15–April 15, 2021

Requirements

Bachelor course in practical philosophy (90 ECTS credits) or equivalent.

Eligibility criteria

If there are more applications than positions, the positions will be allocated based on the grades and the relevance of academic courses, the quality/subject of the bachelor thesis and motivation letter. Please do not forget to upload the motivation letter when you apply!

About the motivation letter and writing sample

 

How to apply

Click on the application box in the right hand column.

  • Course structure

    The course lasts two semesters (autumn/spring) for 60 ECTS credits.

    In the first semester you will take four modules, one of which is mandatory and the other three are chosen from a range of special topics that vary from term to term. You must pass the examinations of the first semester in order to proceed into the second semester.

    Modules

    TBA

    In the first semester in the Autumn four course modules of 7,5 credits each are taken. One of the modules is mandatory:

    Scientific Method and Research Ethics

    With the exception of the mandatory course, the other three are chosen by the student in consultation with the course convener. Under the heading Modules a list of courses to choose from will be announced.

    Apart from the courses listed there is also a possibility to pick up a 7,5 credit course offered at the undergraduate level, depending on interests and previous studies. There is a course in Epistemology on the undergraduate level that may be an option. It should be mentioned though that it is not yet determined whether this course will be taught in English.

    The second semester consists of your thesis work. You will be allocated a supervisor with expertise in the topic of the thesis. The topic is elective but must be approved by the examiners and must fit the research profile of the members of the faculty.

    After completing the course, you are eligible to apply for a PhD position. For more information about PhD admissions, please visit the website for PhD programmes

    Assessment

    The student must pass the examinations of the first semester in order to proceed to the second semester. Work on the thesis (30 credits) runs for both semesters. The topic is elective but must be approved by the convenor and must fit the research profile of the members of the faculty. A supervisor will be allocated to the student, based on her or his project description. The final grade of the entire course is determined by the grade of the thesis. The exam of the thesis part consists in the thesis itself, a defence of it at a seminar, and an opposition on another student’s thesis at a seminar. We recommend that you study the grading criteria and the guidelines for the thesis.

    Note that the demands for the Master’s thesis are higher than for a Bachelor’s thesis, with respect to volume, content, and degree of independence in the writing process. This is reflected in the grading criteria.

    There is a strong expectation that the thesis be completed during the second term of the one-year master (magister) course. If needed, supervision can be extended to the term following the one in which the student begins his or her supervised work. Students who do not finish the thesis within these two terms have no right to extended supervision, but they have a right to submit a thesis and have it graded.

    Grading criteria for Master’s thesis

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • More information

    Eligible courses for Autumn term 2021 to be announced.

    Eligible course Autumn term 2020

    Foundations of epistemic normativity

    Epistemologists investigate norms of rationality and reasoning (how one ought to reason), as well as standards of justification (what one is permitted to believe given one’s evidence). They investigate fundamental epistemic values, such as knowledge and truth, and seek to articulate epistemic virtues, such as responsiveness to evidence. In everyday life, we make epistemological claims, for instance that one ought to believe in anthropogenic climate change, or that this belief is justified given the evidence. All this suggests that epistemology is normative—it has to do with norms, standards, obligations, values, reasons, virtues and permissions.
     
    The idea that epistemology is normative raises questions traditionally discussed in meta-ethics, concerning the semantics, metaphysics and epistemology of epistemology. Do epistemological statements (e.g. ‘current evidence justifies belief in anthropogenic climate change’) represent how things are, or do they express non-cognitive attitudes of some kind? Are there objective, epistemological facts, and are these reducible to non-normative, natural facts of some kind? If there objective, epistemological facts, how can we come to know them? This course will investigate these questions at the intersection of theoretical and practical philosophy.

  • Contact

    Krister Bykvist

    krister.bykvist@philosophy.su.se

    Katharina Berndt Rasmussen

    katharina.berndt@philosophy.su.se